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Jan Eberth, epidemiology and biostatistics, authored “The utility of Google Trends data to examine interest in cancer screening” in BMJ Open.  The article discusses the utility of January 2004 to April 2014 Google Trends data from information searches for cancer screenings and preparations as a complement to population screening data, which are traditionally estimated through costly population-level surveys.

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The 2015-2016 budget recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific proviso in the amount of $200,000, matching equivalent funding from private sources, to support the CCCR’s Screening Program, which fosters colonoscopy screening statewide. Legislators supported the proviso for the tired consecutived year, recognizing the potential for screening as an effective strategy to reduce colorectal cancer incidence, deaths and overall health care costs.  The money will leverage funds from The Duke Endowment, the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, the National Institues of Health, and many private donors in increasing screening rates for colorectal cancer among uninsured and medically underserved individuals throughout South Carolina.

The Center for Colon Cancer Research is currently hosting a Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program for undergraduate minority science students who have an interest in biomedical research.  This program has been running since May 24, and ends on July 29, 2015.  The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program is to provide undergraduate minority students with an opportunity to work in a research laboratory related to their career interest, and to decide whether a research career is a good fit for them. For those students interested in a research career, this program will provide them with information for applying and being accepted to a high-caliber graduate training program.  This summer experience, along with their own hard work and good grades, will help them become highly competitive applicants.

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